May 29, 2023

Quiet Corner

Reclaimed Nature

An early morning sprint to the far South Side with a good friend. Destination was a loop of Lake Calumet, an older material port amidst a lost industrial area. Mostly marshes now attracting many birds and habitat for fish, amphibians and insects. Perfect weather too! David was riding his Aprilia Dorsoduro, the perfect urban tool.

May 24, 2023

We don’t need another hero


What a voice and charismatic presence the indefatigable Ms Turner had. Stretching from the 50’s into the 21st Century her impact in the music industry was colossal. She was also a motorcycle rider. A favorite bike being an Electra Glide HD. Though here is a younger gal with a sixties BSA.

Tina Turner RIP (1939-2023)

May 21, 2023

Blue Horizon

Summer Ridin’

Got the bike shifted to home for summer commuting and wider jaunts further afield. Lake looked splendid in the afternoon sun.

May 14, 2023

Tiger Stripes

Intersection interceptor

Zooming through the City here’s a white Triumph Tiger owner haring through South Rogers Park along Sheridan Road. I was heading home when I spied it.

May 13, 2023

Keg to go.

I drink beer me!

First Post May 12th 2023

Known for making some really unconventional inventions, a US man named Ky Michaelson is back with yet another invention that is a beer-powered motorcycle. In a Fox9 report, Ky spoke about his latest creation stating that the motorcycle is “definitely different, and I like to be really creative.” Notably, the motorcycle includes a 14-gallon ket that a heating coil instead of a gas-powered engine. The coil helps to heat up the beer which further powers the motorcycle to start. As stated by the innovator, the beer-powered motorcycle was created in his garage in Bloomington.

Speaking about his creation, Ky noted that the gas prices are going up in Bloomington as a result of which he thought that it was nothing better to use it for fuel. Nicknmaed as ‘Rocketman’ for being the first civilian ever to launch a rocket into space, Michaelson said that the motorcycle has the capacity to reach speeds up to 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour) and he hopes to take it out to a drag strip to test its capabilities in the coming days.

When he pours beer into the keg, the liquid heats up to 300 degrees, and when it goes out the nozzles in the back, the beer turns into superheated steam, which provides enough thrust to move the bike forward,” he said as cited by Fox9. Michaelson also said that it could be any kind of liquid including Red Bull and Caribou Coffee.

May 6, 2023

Fine Run

Lake Loop

A great day up to Lake Geneva through McHenry County on roads bordered by spring blooming trees and emerging leaves. We stopped in at Morries Place where we spied another workshop filled with project bikes. An interesting cove called Jim was working on a 1929 Henderson X. A splendid Triton parked outside near to where Ed Zender was working on a BSA.

April 25, 2023


Water to Starboard

Fella ridin’ his aped Hog along Lake Shore Drive. Patches covering his jacket and regulatory safety ponytail.

April 17, 2023

Breathe Easy

Fresh Air

Is one of the benefits of riding motorcycles. This TV commercial was for an asthma medication Fasenra, utilizing an old Triumph 750 being uncovered in a garage and ridden out along a sunny road.

April 12, 2023

Orbital First


“Let’s go!” 1961 on this day (12th April) comrade Gagarin made a 90 minute lap of the globe. Historical hero!

April 9, 2023

Breakfast of Champions

Olympic fry-up

Gorgeous spring weather and a loop around Lake Geneva just across the state line into Wisconsin. I stopped in at Yerkes Observatory with its beautiful architecture. It’s open for tours now (though not today on the Easter weekend. Splendid day out.

April 7, 2023

Put the kettle on!


55 years ago today was when the works of Motorsport lost one of the greats. Jim Clark, Scottish farmer, and driver of fast cars crashed at Hockenheimring end what would surely have been the greatest racier of all time.

April 5, 2023

Pontiac Muscle

‘70 GTO

Bottle green with a V8 Big Block good for 500 lb ft of torque and 360 horsepower. Spied on Devon Avenue on my drive home. “Mid-size” in its day! Loverly, just.

April 2, 2023


Coffee Intermission

Spring weather on a Sunday means “let’s get the bikes oot!” Oil change then a spin north to Lake Bluff for a coffee and scone. Many bikers were out too!

“Ooh. Stop!

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah”

April 1, 2023


Bloody Sore Arse

BSA through the woods. A hippy couple take a trip under leafy boughs, fifty years ago. The cover of a parts catalogue.

April 1, 2023


Bloody Sore Arse

BSA through the woods. A hippy couple take a trip under leafy boughs, fifty years ago. The cover of a parts catalogue.